EMS: The 4th E for Highway Safety
San Diego. February 2007.
State EMS directors are participating in a Strategic Highway Safety Plan Peer Exchange. The peer exchange brings stakeholders together to discuss issues, problems, and challenges faced by States in developing and implementing plans to improve highway safety. Participants are encouraged to speak from experience and share their viewpoints on how to deploy proven strategies that focus on the 4 E’s: Education, Enforcement, Engineering, and EMS. The peer exchange is sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the Governors Highway Safety Association, with funding support from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program.
NHTSA OFFICE OF EMS
Drew Dawson , Director 202-366-9966
Susan McHenry , MS 202-366-6540
David Bryson , EMT-B 202-366-4302
Gamunu Wijetunge , NREMT-P 202-493-2793 firstname.lastname@example.org
Laurie Flaherty , RN 202-366-2705
Debbie Boykin 202-366-5440
Julie Krueger, Public Health Fellow 202-366-5016
Jenny Hansen (Contractor) 202-366-5598
Cathy Gotschall , ScD 202-366-1282
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Office of EMS
400 Seventh Street SW. (NTI-140)
Washington , DC 20590
PHONE: 202-366-5440 FAX: 202-366-7721
Web page: www.nhtsa.dot.gov
To order EMS materials and publications, visit the NHTSA Web site at www.nhtsa.dot.gov, and click on “Traffic Safety Materials & Publications” in the Quick Links section.
Office of EMS Welcomes
Please join the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) in extending a warm welcome to our newest employee, Gilbert Torres. He comes to Washington, DC, from Harlingen, Texas, where he has been the regional director for the Lower Rio Grande Valley Trauma Council for the past three years. He also served on the Injury Prevention Committee of the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council. Torres is a licensed paramedic and served as both an EMS provider and instructor in Texas.
Torres’s experience as an EMS provider and his expertise in managing group process will come in handy, as his primary responsibilities with OEMS will include supporting the activities of the Congressionally mandated Federal Interagency Committee on EMS and the newly-formed National EMS Advisory Council. Torres was one of three finalists considered for the position after a nationwide search.
“When I applied for the (OEMS staff) position, I knew it was going to be really competitive,” Torres said. “But to get hired was amazing. It was hard to believe that I, from the ‘Little Valley,’ had been chosen.”
Torres has many goals he would like to accomplish in Washington, but at the same time, he will miss working in the Valley. “It will be a big adjustment for me,”Torres said. “I will miss my family, friends and
colleagues.” Torres, 36, is married and has three children.